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Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

May 2010

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates








In addition to throwing off your body's homeostasis and wreaking havoc on your metabolic processes, excess sugar has a number of other significant consequences.

Nancy Appleton, PhD, author of the book Lick the Sugar Habit, contributed an extensive list of the many ways sugar can ruin your health from a vast number of medical journals and other scientific publications.

1.Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.
2.Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
3.Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
4.Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.
5.Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.
6.Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
7.Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.
8.Sugar can weaken eyesight.
9.Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.
10.Sugar can cause premature aging. In fact, the single most important factor that accelerates aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar.
11.Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
12.Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
13.Sugar contributes to obesity.
14.Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis.
15.Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
16.Sugar can cause gallstones.
17.Sugar can cause appendicitis.
18.Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
19.Sugar can cause varicose veins.
20.Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
21.Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
22.Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.
23.Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.
24.Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.
25.Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
26.High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs),which are sugar molecules that attach to and damage proteins in your body. AGEs speed up the aging of cells, which may contribute to a variety of chronic and fatal diseases.
27.Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
28.Sugar causes food allergies.
29.Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
30.Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
31.Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
32.Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.
33.Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.
34.Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
35.Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.
36.Sugar can cause emphysema.
37.High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.
38.Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.
39.Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson's disease.
40.Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide, and it can increase the amount of fat in your liver, leading to fatty liver disease.
41.Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones. Fructose is helping to drive up rates of kidney disease.
42.Sugar can damage your pancreas.
43.Sugar can increase your body's fluid retention.
44.Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.
45.Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.
46.Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.
47.Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
48.Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect your children's grades and cause learning disorders.
49.Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter your ability to think clearly.
50.Sugar can cause depression.
51.Sugar can increase your risk of gout.
52.Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer's disease. MRI studies show that adults 60 and older who have high uric acid are four to five times more likely to have vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.
53.Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
54.Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.
55.A high sucrose diet of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
56.High sugar consumption by pregnant adolescents can lead to a substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold-increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
57.Sugar is an addictive substance.
58.Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol .Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
59.Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
60.Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
61.The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
62.Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
63.Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
64.Sugar can impair the function of your adrenal glands.
65.Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in normal, healthy individuals, thereby promoting chronic degenerative diseases.
66.Intravenous feedings (IVs) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.
67.Sugar increases your risk of polio.
68.High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
69.Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
70.In intensive care units, limiting sugar saves lives.
71.Sugar may induce cell death.
72.In juvenile rehabilitation centers, when children were put on low sugar diets, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.
73.Sugar dehydrates newborns.
74.Sugar can cause gum disease.

It should now be crystal clear just how damaging sugar is. You simply cannot achieve your highest degree of health and vitality if you are consuming a significant amount of it.

Fortunately, your body has an amazing ability to heal itself when given the basic nutrition it needs, and your liver has an incredible ability to regenerate. If you start making changes today, your health WILL begin to improve, returning you to the state of vitality that nature intended.


By Erin Monahan

Contrary to popular belief, it's not only oily skin that breaks out. Dry skin is also prone to blemishes, flaking, itching and redness. Blemishes occur when the pores are blocked with debris. Sometimes that means overactive oil glands, but it can also mean dirt and dead skin from overly dry skin.

Maintaining the skin's natural moisture helps keep the face glowing and blemish-free. There are commercial chemical preparations available to help do just that, but you can also check out the natural food section of your supermarket or even your own pantry to find solutions for dry skin and break-outs.


Honey is a natural antibacterial, according to an article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, and will clean out the pores and slough off dry skin, which heals blemishes. Honey can be applied directly to blemishes for about 15 minutes and then rinsed off, or it can be mixed in with other ingredients and used as a face mask. Raw honey is best, but if that's not available, organic honey is another option.

Yogurt Mask

Yogurt contains lactic acid and acts as a mild exfoliant on dry skin, according to an article at Full-fat yogurt that contains live cultures nourishes the skin and sloughs off dead scales. Slather on a thick layer and allow it to dry for about 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Enhance the effects of the yogurt by adding a handful of pulverized oatmeal (whir it in a blender or a food processor) and gently massaging the face as you apply the mask.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is effective on dry skin because it locks in moisture and creates a barrier to debris, according to Add a thin layer to particularly dry areas of your skin after you've cleansed your face before bed. Leave it on overnight and wash your face as usual in the morning. If your dry skin extends to your feet and hands, apply a thick layer of the jelly and then put on socks or gloves to get the best result.


Preventing dry skin will also prevent the associated break-outs. Health-care professionals in "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies" suggest that less is more when cleansing the skin. Wash your face daily and moisturize, but use cool water instead of hot, and don't scrub the skin. Gently massage your face and pat it dry, leaving some dampness on the skin as you apply a moisturizer or face mask.

Make sure the make-up you use doesn't clog the pores, and wash it off as soon possible. In addition, if you notice break-outs or extra dry skin after beginning with a new type or brand of make-up, discontinue use to see if that helps your skin heal.

By Maria Brooks

There are dozens of types of allergies that can affect people. Some can be merely irritating and some can be extremely dangerous. For many who are sensitive to medications or simply do not like the idea of medical treatment for allergies, it is best to look into a natural allergy cure and ask your doctor if it may work for you.

The best natural way to help allergies is to prevent them from happening in the first place. The first step to take is to have yourself properly tested by a doctor. Testing has gotten far more accurate in recent years and can pin-point the specific elements that cause the reactions. This is great because it can allow individuals to come into contact with things they previous thought they were allergic to. For example, you could think you were allergic to a type of food, when you are actually only allergic to one small component of the food.

In this way, people can be better diagnosed and can avoid these allergens. It will make the need for medication far less likely. It also allows individuals to search for products that do not have the allergen in them. Before the testing, one may think he or she was allergic to bread or wheat. In reality, they are allergic to the gluten in bread crusts, so they can either avoid eating that part or buy bread without gluten.

One very old but under-used way to decrease the symptoms of allergies is to build up an immunity. This is something to be worked out with your doctor, but it is a natural cure. Just as some poisons can be used as cures if they are in the correct small dosage, so can the allergen cure you of your allergies. It is a matter of one's tolerance.

This can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the allergy in particular. You could have it enter your blood stream via injections and vaccinations. You could have direct skin contact if it is a skin allergy. You could take it in a manner of oral ways. The key is to have the right doses and have a careful schedule planned by your doctor.

The amount is then increased slightly. Your body is allowed to get used to that amount. It is then increased again. Eventually you will be taking in large amounts of an allergen--amounts that once would have given you a severe reaction.

There are other ways you can cure your allergies in natural ways. These methods are usually in the form of vitamins and herbal supplements. They improve your immune system and could possibly undo the effects of allergens before you notice any symptoms. The great thing about vitamin supplements is that they usually do not require a prescription and are fairly inexpensive.

Depending on the allergy, your doctor could suggest other remedies. These may include acupuncture, Chinese medicine, naturopathy and homeopathy, and perhaps different forms of therapy. Through testing and professional medical advice, you can find ways to get rid of your troublesome allergies without relying on medication.


Thank you for reading.

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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